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Criminal: The Deluxe Edition HC (Oversized) [Hardcover]

Ed Brubaker , Sean Phillips
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18 Nov 2009 Oversized
A fantastically-designed and printed book showcasing the Eisner and Harvey Award-Winning crime comics from the creators of Sleeper and Incognito, this oversized, deluxe hardback edition features Criminal books 1 thru 3 - Cowards, Lawless, and The Dead and the Dying. Also features many extras, including a Criminal short story and the never-before-printed five page "movie trailer in comics form" that Brubaker and Phillips created to announce the series online, plus illustrations, selected articles, behind-the-scenes glimpses, painted covers, and much more! Features an introduction by comics legend and Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons. Collects Criminal (2006) #1-10 and Criminal (2008) #1-7.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Deluxe edition (18 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142294
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the nicest printed book 3 Feb 2010
There are many big names in comics, Alan Moore, Brian Bendis, Robert Kirkman, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid; but there is one name that I see everywhere and it is one name that instantly makes me buy a book, because of Criminal and that name is Ed Brubaker. I heard of him and Sean Phillips a lot and I had heard of Criminal but for some reason I held off buying it, maybe because of my hesitation towards crime graphic novels. Yet I now feel stupid for doing that because Criminal is a great book and this deluxe edition feels like the only true way to experience it because of the nice binding, great size and reproduction and the extras that are included in the back.
In this edition there are three trades worth of story, although the third book seems to focus on a different person every issue, but they all tie in somehow; which is one of the elements that make this story great, there are different stories, but they all somehow connect and at no point does it feel like it is forced and actually resembles the real world quite well.
However, the only downside that I can see with it is that the stories actually end, in the few issues that you see the characters you begin to care about them and I personally was a bit saddened when each story came to it's end.
Sean Phillip's art work is indescribable with how great it is, it manages to convey a certain tone and makes it feel like a crime story and his painted covers are nothing short of perfection (it should actually be illegal for something to look that good). I am just so glad I have an original sketch from him.
I hope a second volume comes out in this format as it is probably nicer than some of the DC absolute editions I own and it looks great on a shelf, I only hope that my book that I've written is 0.1% as good as Criminal, because if so, it will be pretty damn good.

Thank you Ed Brubaker and Thank you Sean Phillips.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a steal! 28 Sep 2011
Three intertwining stories of the life of low level thugs. Brubrakers rich storytelling is paired with Phillips's detailed style. The characters feel alive, if not quite sympathetic. A great book with great stories, but not for someone looking for happy ends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comic book genius 24 Jun 2011
I bought this book on recommendations from comic book collectors on Twitter. I know it's not the best source of recommendations but after this I'll definitely be taking some more of these guys seriously, as they seem to know good Comic books when they read them. This book is a deluxe hardcover copy of three comic book series by Ed Brubaker and illustarted by Sean Phillips. The stories are gritty and tough, they have adult themes in them so definitely not one for the kids, it has a feel of Sin City about it but with more grit and realism than you would get from Frank Millers world. This feels real, it feels dangerous and the way that Brubaker sets these characters up you really care about what happens to them. It has a Tarrantino style about the book, the kind of criminal activities that would feature well in Pulp Fiction or Resevoir Dogs and just as interesting characters.

This book is well worth a read. I'm sure it will be considered a Comic book classic in years to come.
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78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT collect 1-10 and 1-7. How disappointing. 25 Jan 2010
By Deadguy - Published on Amazon.com
This is a beautiful and wonderful book by some of the most talented creators in comics. It's too bad that Amazon has incorrect information in it's description, because now I'm super disappointed. I thought, as it says, that this collected Series 1 #1-10 and Series 2 #1-7, but it does not. It only has #1-3 of Series 2, which leaves me still four issues short of The Sinners, Series 3. The whole point was to read from the beginning until Series 3. I assumed I would get all caught up, but alas, no, there are four issues less than advertised. Wikipedia has it right. I write this review only as a warning; please buy as much Brubaker/Phillips as you can. Just don't think this Deluxe edition has all of Series 2. It does not. Likely, a second deluxe edition will appear in a year or two with the end of Series 2 and all of Series 3. I guess I'll buy it even though I already have Series 3 in single issues. Sigh.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brubaker's work deserves the Hardcover treatment. 15 Dec 2009
By Matt Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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Ed Brubaker continues to prove he is one of the top writers in comic books today with this series. It's smart, concise and terse in its storytelling and harnesses the gritty realism of the best pulp stories. Phillp's art is hardcore stylish without being overly artsy. And please let me say, it's good to see a comic book series that isn't afraid to show a woman's nipples. How many times are we going to see comics released with graphic violence and lots of F bombs, but breasts covered up by an inky shadow or some such nonsense? Are nipples that dangerous? Are they going to poke our eyes out? No, they clearly do not, as this series proves.

There are basically three criminal stories here, plus some quickies and the extras and I am 100% satisfied with the quality of the sewn binding. Thank God Marvel is moving away from glued bindings, which just do not last. My only complaint is the border around the art on each page is rather large. Marvel should have expanded the art to a larger size and shrunk the border. Yes, the art is oversized in this edition, but why not go for broke?

I spend just a tad over $30 shipped and that is money well spent. I highly recommend this Hardcover to fans of comic books and even just fans of good pulp fiction.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Note on Binding 22 April 2011
By Scott W. Hannan - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't have any reason to review the product as a work of fiction. If you know Brubaker, and you like Brubaker, get this, 'cause you'll love it. However, if you're hesitant at all, knowing that some graphic novel bindings are sloppy at best, then fear no more. This book is wonderfully bound. Each page has perfectly measured margins, and each page opens fully and lays flat, revealing the entire page. It's heavy, sturdy, and I'm pretty sure it'll stop a bullet. Good binding can be hard to find, and it must be appreciated that Brubaker and Phillips have signed off on a wonderful compilation that is carefully assembled, and not just a money grab.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 25 Feb 2010
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
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Though Ed Brubaker has become more widely known for his prolific run on Captain America, the acclaimed writer will always have his roots sewn in the realm of crime comics. Case in point is Criminal, which finds Brubaker at his best. This handsome hardcover published under Marvel's Icon imprint collects the Coward, Lawless, and The Dead and the Dying storyarcs, as well as a host of extras to boot. Like Frank Miller did before him with Sin City, Brubaker manages to conjure up his own crooked, crime-ridden world with plenty of noir undertones, made all the more vibrant thanks to the artwork of Brubaker's frequent collaborator Sean Phillips (Marvel Zombies 1 & 2). All in all, if crime/noir comics are your thing, this Deluxe Edition of Criminal should most definitely be in your collection, and if you've never taken a trip to Brubaker's Criminal world, this is a more than perfect place to start your journey.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcover collects the first three TPBs of this outstanding Brubaker/Phillips crime series 17 May 2010
By K. W. Schreiter - Published on Amazon.com
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This hardcover collects the first three trade paperbacks' worth of the outstanding Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips Criminal series that originally comprised thirteen comic books (Vol. 1, #1-10, Vol. 2 #1-3) from Marvel's Icon imprint. I recommend that fans unfamiliar with this series read my respective glowing reviews of the three previously published TPBs: "Coward", "Lawless" and "The Dead And The Dying". This hardcover features larger page margins than the TPBs, a welcome feature that ensures that none of the artwork is swallowed by the spine's binding. This volume also includes some previously uncollected extras, such as essays from Brubaker from the individual comic book issues, plus art breakdowns and explanations from Phillips. Unlike most comic book plots, the gritty, rated-R realism herein requires no leaps of faith from the reader. This book met my high expectations and is very strongly recommended for both regular fans of comics and graphic novels as well as a much wider audience. It should be noted that creators for Marvel's Icon line of comics are not paid for their original work, but rather share in the profits once the book is on sale.
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